Monday, April 02, 2007

Irans Dumb Reasons for taking British Hostages

Let me see if I can summarize the possibilities for the Iranian actions that fit roughly into the following templates. (Where I use “Iran”, I’m actually referring to “Iran’s leadership, both their nutty Prez and his nutty Mullahs)

A) Iran wants the Brits to nuke them and therefore bring out the Twelfth Imam.
B) Iran wants to push Brits and the Americans into a military action to ravage their country and do billions of dollars worth of damage to their military (fill in reason here).
C) Iran is using the sailors as propaganda tools, forcing them at gunpoint to make stupid statements in order to score propaganda points in an attempt to keep their nuclear program, quash internal dissent and loosen sanctions on their country.
D) Iran has been blasphemed and insulted constantly over the years and is just taking their just due from the oppressors and capitalists who have been grinding them down. (Their official position?)
E) The poor Iranians captured evil British sailors tromping over the civil rights of Iranian boats in Iranian waters, and now the big bad British are threatening to blow them up, boo hoo.

These templates seem to be adopted by the E) Press and other Dhimmis, D) Islamists and KOS, C) Republicans and other optimistic thinkers, B) Republicans and other pessimistic thinkers, and A) Wingnuts.

Tigerhawks article seems to have him solidly down as a C, which is where I would put myself, slowly sliding into a B as time goes on and Iran does not release their hostages.


Blogger jurassicpork said...

Oh, you're from Kansas. Thaaaat explains it...

9:58 PM  
Blogger squawpeak said...

Good post. Even though it's "resolved", still not sure what Ahmadinejad's point was.

He's lucky his blunder wasn't used as perfect cover to begin bunker busting their various & sundry nuclear facilities. Little to no collateral damage, destruction of something the "international community" is on record as deeming "not good".

I've heard commentary from several U.S. servicemen who survived stays at the Hanoi Hilton. They observed that British Marine training either failed, or doesn't include things smiles in photo ops to be used as propaganda.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Georgfelis said...

While I admit the entertainment potential of watching an idiot juggle live grenades while standing on a full propane tank, eventually the Prez of Iran will pull a pin the wrong way, and I would prefer a good safe distance when the inevitable happens. The British Hostage Drama (Now on DVD) as a Pilot Episode seems to have gotten good reviews in the Press, but I don’t think it will make it as a series. Eventually one of their “Well planned operations” will run into a boat full of Seals or SAS.

9:13 AM  

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